Welcome to another edition of Po Politickin. In this episode, we are rejoined by Boston emcee Iyadonna.
Iyadonna is from Roxbury, MA. Starting as early as 2000, Iyadonna was writing and recording with DJ Clinton Sparks and receiving radio play across the nation. What You Think/What Did You Say produced by Clinton Sparks was a college radio success and even got some mainstream recognition. A few years later Iyadonna teamed up with another producer in California and began to write for his artist. He was so impressed he then offered Iyadonna a chance to record some music of her own. Iyadonna excepted but was soon accepted to Norfolk State University in Virginia. She would attend and stay in Virginia working as a radio personality on Hot 91FM for the next four years until she graduated in 2009. Iyadonna then moved to New York city to concentrate on her music full time. Releasing Respect in 2009, it was picked up by Music Choice, gaining fans all around the country.
The Iyadonna buzz was spiking in the right direction. Iyadonna decided to stop using her writing talents for other artists but to start branching out and incorporating vocals into her music. By 2009 Iyadonna wrote and recorded Dance Floor and soon after in 2010 the very successful up tempo dance track titled Be Myself. The remix to Be Myself featured the 2 time Grammy nominated party king Fatman Scoop, again igniting Iyadonna’s name even more. The song continues to be a huge success, not just the remix but the original, receiving commercial spins across the country and going strong on itunes, Amazon, and more. Since then Iyadonna has released numerous singles on itunes & Amazon, including Antidote (produced by the BAR Group), and most recently Emotions produced by Hott Scott Music. Iyadonna continues to light up stages everywhere and has performed at SOBs New York for the Zulu Nation 38th anniversary party, House Of Blues, Bum Squad Dj retreat Las Vegas, UCONN and more.
IYADONNA has a NEW EP called Occupy The Industry available now! Also, the latest mixtape The SheMixes is available on-line and in hard copy if ordered. Iyadonna has worked with such artists as: Akrobatik, Reks, Dutch Rebelle, Fatman Scoop, Chubby Chub, Tashawn King, Lady Luck, Mark Merren, JV the Rap-singer, Reggie Hills, DJ Roy Barboza, E!’s Clinton Sparks and more. Now Iyadonna is preparing to release her first LP titled The Melnea Cass Project due out this fall. She is now working with DJ Power of the Zulu Nation/Cold Crush Bro’s and continuing to ignite stages. Big things are in the works for Iyadonna aka Melnea Cass so please keep your ear to the streets! This is a movement hunny!